Second Army vet injured by police in Oakland clashes


The basic facts from Reuters-

(Reuters) - A U.S. Army veteran arrested during clashes this week between police and Occupy Oakland protesters has been hospitalized in intensive care with severe injuries he suffered in a confrontation with police, a veterans peace group said on Friday.

The veteran, identified as Kayvan Sabeghi, according to a source who spoke with him by telephone, is the second former serviceman in two weeks to be badly hurt during demonstrations in Oakland.

The group Iraq Veterans Against the War said Sabeghi was detained during disturbances that broke at about midnight Wednesday in downtown Oakland and was charged with resisting arrest.

The veterans group said in a statement that police hit him with nightsticks on his hands, shoulders, ribs and back and that he suffered from internal bleeding and a lacerated spleen.

More details from Guardian U.K.-

Sabehgi told the Guardian from hospital he was walking alone along 14th Street in central Oakland – away from the main area of clashes – when he was injured.

"There was a group of police in front of me," he told the Guardian from his hospital bed. "They told me to move, but I was like: 'Move to where?' There was nowhere to move.

"Then they lined up in front of me. I was talking to one of them, saying 'Why are you doing this?' when one moved forward and hit me in my arm and legs and back with his baton. Then three or four cops tackled me and arrested me."

Sabeghi, who left the army in 2007 and now part-owns a small bar-restaurant in El Cerrito, about 10 miles north of Oakland, said he was handcuffed and placed in a police van for three hours before being taken to jail. By the time he got there he was in "unbelievable pain".

Of course, it was at least 10 hours before they called an ambulance to the jail, and there he underwent surgery to repair his spleen. This is one of the most clear case examples of "It's a feature, not a bug" I've ever seen.